Year : 2016  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 354--356

An innovative way to reinsert dislodged Arndt blocker using urological glide wire


Rahul Pillai, Sneha Ann Ancheri, Sathish Kumar Dharmalingam, Raj Sahajanandan 
 Department of Anaesthesia, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Raj Sahajanandan
Department of Anaesthesia, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu
India

The Arndt blocker is positioned in the desired bronchus using a wire loop which couples the blocker with a fiberoptic bronchoscope (FOB). The wire loop once removed cannot be reinserted in 5F and 7F blockers making repositioning of the blocker difficult. A 34-year-old female was to undergo left thoracotomy followed by laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The left lung was isolated with a 7F Arndt bronchial blocker. During one-lung ventilation, the wire loop was removed for oxygen insufflation. There was loss of lung isolation during the procedure and dislodgement of the blocker was confirmed by FOB. The initial attempts to reintroduce the blocker into the left main bronchus failed. An alternative technique using a glide wire was attempted which resulted in successful reintroduction of the Arndt blocker. The 0.032 inch zebra glide wire may be effectively used to reposition a dislodged Arndt blocker if the wire loop has been removed.


How to cite this article:
Pillai R, Ancheri SA, Dharmalingam SK, Sahajanandan R. An innovative way to reinsert dislodged Arndt blocker using urological glide wire.Ann Card Anaesth 2016;19:354-356


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Pillai R, Ancheri SA, Dharmalingam SK, Sahajanandan R. An innovative way to reinsert dislodged Arndt blocker using urological glide wire. Ann Card Anaesth [serial online] 2016 [cited 2019 Dec 6 ];19:354-356
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